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El Salvador vs. Mexico live score, updates, highlights from CONCACAF World Cup qualifier

The Mexican national team can close out the October window atop the World Cup qualifying standings with a win or draw at the Estadio Cuscatlan in El Salvador.

The atmosphere in the Estadio Cuscatlan is going to be electric when El Salvador hosts rival Mexico in a World Cup qualifier the locals desperately want to win to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

Mexico, which sits atop the regional qualifying standings, is familiar with the kind of hostile atmosphere that awaits them. El Tri will get El Salvador's best shot, and the home team will fight and contest every ball — but its best defenders are missing out on the match, and that could ultimately make all the difference against the talented Mexicans.

These two teams met in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and El Salvador gave Mexico a good game. Although it's a battle of No. 9 in the world against No. 65, matches are always more evenly matched than they would seem on paper.

Sporting News will follow the match live and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen:

El Salvador vs. Mexico score
  1H 2H Final El Salvador — — Mexico — —

Goals: None

El Salvador vs. Mexico live updates, highlights from World Cup qualifier

Standings and results: Updated World Cup qualifying table

(All times Eastern)

9:48 p.m.: "This game is everything for El Salvador" about sums it up.

9:46 p.m.: Eight lineup changes are a lot from one game to the next. Memories of JCO. Didn't work out for the USA in Panama, but this Mexican side should be talented enough to beat a shorthanded El Salvador.

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